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Rerelease of This Mortal Coil albums

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This is turning out to be an expensive month for me. No sooner do I learn of a new Dead Can Dance album but I also hear that 4AD will be rereleasing the three seminal albums produced by This Mortal Coil! These albums have long been out of print (though I do already have all three).

Release date for this is the 26th of October and preorders can be made here: http://thismortalcoil.4ad.com.

The three albums are:

It’ll End In Tears

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Filigree & Shadow

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Blood

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I strongly recommend all three albums to you!
This Mortal Coil was the given name of a strictly-studio project that spawned three albums, conceived and produced by one-time 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell.

Over the span of eight years he, along with Blackwing Studios house engineer/ co-producer, John Fryer, and a rotating cast of musicians, created original works, musical links and reinterpretations of impeccably curated songs; introducing a new audience to the talents of a previous generation including Big Star, Tim Buckley, Roy Harper, Spirit, Gene Clark, Dino Valenti, Rain Parade, Emmylou Harris, Syd Barrett and Colin Newman, amongst others.

The new deluxe vinyl versions differ from the original releases with each album having had its artwork reimagined by Ivo Watts-Russell and Vaughan Oliver (4AD’s long-time visual partner). All three are now presented in beautiful, hand finished and high-gloss gatefold sleeves, using remastered audio made from the original analogue studio tapes by the late, great John Dent.

The deluxe CD editions are being manufactured by the Ichikudo company in Japan, coming packaged in striking gatefold paper sleeves which are printed to the highest standard. Originally made available as part of a highly limited boxset back in 2011, these new versions differ by being UHQCDs (Ultimate High Quality Compact Disc) rather than HDCDs (High Definition Compatible Digital).
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I’ve just had an email to say these three records are finally being sent to me! Looks like they will be my Christmas present to myself not cheap and delayed (they should have been shipped about a month ago) - let us hope they are good.....
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Well, the good news is that these are indeed superb recordings; in particular, ‘Filigree & Shadow’ is much better than I recall the original being.

The bad news is the cost - such is life...
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I am a huge fan of these records. As I suspect you know, David Lynch was also a huge fan. Indeed, the incredible phenomenon of Julee Cruise's songs for the Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks soundtracks are essentially the result of Lynch failing to license "Song to the Siren" from It'll End in Tears and trying his best to recreate that mood with the musicians at hand. (As it happens, I think this is one of the great acts of plagiarism in musical history, and Julee Cruise's Floating into the Night is one of my very favourite records.)

I've been following many of these musical leads while painting my garage in the last few weeks. I've particularly enjoyed Aldous Harding, who sounds brilliant even through my phone's output of Tidal into my lackluster garage system.

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Probably my favorite run of records, and also include Hope Blister with these. I am lucky enough to have picked up 2nd and even third copies of some over the years as I loved them so much. I just looked and happy to see I have additional sealed copies of the first two. One was $13.99 (lot of money for me back then I am sure).

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